Round 12: Watsonia v North Balwyn

By Sally Heppleston

NORTH Balwyn continue to impress in their 2019 Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade season, now four games clear on top of the ladder after a 5 to 1 win over Watsonia on Saturday.

North Balwyn coach Neil Burke said it was another strong win for the club against quality opposition.

“We had some great pitching today from the usual three – Cameron Gibbens, Mitch Kennedy and Jeremy Young and Kelii Zablan hit a two run home run. Darryl George also had four quality plate appearances,” Burke said.

“Watsonia are a solid team though and they will be tough to beat in August. They have some great veteren hitters as well as the Formisano brothers pitching. It’s really going to come down to those last few rounds.”

Burke said he was impressed with the great baseball his team had been playing but said they’d also had some luck along the way.

“We are having good fun too, and it’s a good place to be around but the fun does come with winning. We are switched on and focussed and we are following all the processes to get the results we want. We’ve got a talented bunch and a good mix of young and older players,” Burke said.

Watsonia coach Jarryd Rogers said they were not disappointed with the loss, considering the quality of the opposition.

“They are a hard team to beat when everything is going well for them,” he said.

He said Troy O’Connor did well, playing a part in helping them score their only run for the game and that Gareth Forminsano – who pitched the whole game – was good but unlucky.

He said they were looking forward to their game next week against Greenhills Montmorency, which would decide second spot on the ladder.

GMBC are in second and Watsonia are now third with Forest Hill making up the top four.

“GMBC lost this week as well, so there will be a lot riding on our game next week,” Rogers said.

North Balwyn will host Forest Hill.